cast (one's) eyes down

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cast (one's) eyes down

To look toward the ground, often because one feels embarrassed or ashamed. After I saw my ex-girlfriend walk into the store, I immediately cast my eyes down and then ducked behind the magazine rack for good measure. Because my son is so shy, he usually casts his eyes down whenever he meets someone.
See also: cast, down, eye

cast one's eyes down

Fig. to tilt one's head or gaze downward. (Usually a sign of shame or to appear not to have seen someone.) She cast her eyes down as they saw each other again. He cast down his eyes in shame.
See also: cast, down, eye
References in classic literature ?
Once my right foot slipped on the side toward the precipice, but I threw out my left arm in a moment so that it caught the icy edge under my armpit as I fell, and supported me considerably; at the same instant I cast my eyes down the side on which I had slipped, and contrived to plant my right foot on a piece of rock as large as a cricket-ball, which chanced to protrude through the ice, on the very edge of the precipice.
Then I cast my eyes down into the streets of Kadabra, from which a sudden tumult had arisen, and there I saw a battle raging, and beyond the city's walls I saw armed men marching in great columns toward a near-by gate.
I cast my eyes down upon the carpet on which I was treading and saw that my steps were being directed towards Mademoiselle Stangerson's chamber by the marks of steps that had already been made there.
Not being in a condition to remove his doubt, I only cast my eyes down on the two large feet planted on the rug, and sighed, wishing myself far enough away.
I have read tweets to people who have earned their place in Kenya such as Rev Njoya and Prof Ole Kiyiapi and cast my eyes down with embarrassment.
Again and again, I cast my eyes down in order to move on.
I look at them, then cast my eyes down to my spreading form and can't help thinking they're of a different species.